Hardware & Handling: a flawless performance
Like the PLV-Z3000, PLV-Z4000 and PLV-Z700 before it, this projector is incredibly user-friendly. The only real change since the previous version is the reduction in energy consumption while on standby, which falls from 1.1 W to 0.3 W, which is great news. Below, you can see how far its lens-shift stretches in each direction. It's as impressive as it's big brother, and one of the best projectors (if not the very best) that we've ever tested.
coloured blocks show the furthest it goes in each direction
Image Quality: plenty of detail but blacks are washed-out
Choosing the PLV-Z800 instead of the PLV-Z4000 involves compromising on the depth of the blacks in the projected image, but that was already the case with the previous generation, with the PLV-Z3000 performing better than the PLV-Z700 in this area.
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Electronic noise present in video is very well handled, but a little more visible than on the Z4000. That's probably down to the higher brightness, which makes it more visible.
Bright areas are also done well, with no overexposure in even the lightest parts of the frame.
For upscaling and 1080p, we've got exactly the same thing to say as for the PLV-Z4000: you're better off leaving the job to a DVD player or a games console. Native 1080p video is as sharp on this projector as it is on its big brother, and it's definitely not a factor you can use to distinguish between the two.
Image fluidity and 3D: there's no system for improving the fluidity of fast-moving images on this projector, but it's hardly a big loss given how weak the Z4000 was in this area.